3200 16th St.
One of the oldest bars in San Francisco, this long-time favorite is one of the best places for whiskey in the city. Start with the "Morning Glory" fizz with Great King Street Glasgow Blend scotch with absinthe, soda water, and egg white. The "Cameron's Kick" boasts Bushmill's Red Bush Irish and Dewar's Blended Scotch with lemon and orgeat. Try one of the private barrel bourbon flights, or go for straight favorites from Michter's, Knob Creek, or Rieger's.
243 O'Farrell St.
What could be more Irish than a great whiskey bar named Johnny Foley's on O'Farrell Street? This comfortable Irish bar is a must-visit location off of Union Square. Stop in for some live music, a great bite to eat, and one of the best whiskey selections in the city. The list includes Connemara single malt, Jameson Gold, John Power, and a full range of Bushmills and Tullamore dew. Check out the live entertainment calendar to see which great artists are performing that night!
691 Market St.
Right in the heart of the Hearst Building, this beautiful bar features a classic newspaper theme and some of the best live entertainment in town. Grab a selection from their long list of whiskeys and spirits, or try one of their special cocktails. The "Brass Knuckle" boasts Japanese whiskey, spiced blood orange liqueur, and angostura bitters.
101 California St.
One of San Francisco's greatest Japanese restaurants is also home to one of its top whiskey selections. Try one of the signature flights, showcasing the spectacular range and taste of modern Japanese whiskey. For a more traditional taste, there's also a tasting of favorite Scotch whiskeys. Try the 25-year single malt Yamazaki, with hints of dark chocolate, strawberry jam, and blackberry. Other favorites come from the White Oak, Mars, and Karuizawa distilleries.
Pacific Cocktail Haven
550 Sutter St.
Pacific Cocktail Haven (P.C.H. for short) is a lively bar that has quickly grown into one of the premier cocktail destinations in San Francisco. P.C.H. is known for its creative, balanced cocktails served in a welcoming atmosphere. Here you'll find plenty of whiskey cocktails inspired by Asian Pacific ingredients, like the Chimpan-Chiote, which has guava and cumin, and the Eggplant Wizard, which has charred eggplant, pinenuts and orange blossom water. While you can head here for a nightcap, you can also start your night off here with their hi-ball hour, which is every day til 7 p.m.
246 Kearny St.
Named after the storage spot where whiskey ages, Rickhouse is an authentic standout whiskey bar in the heart of San Francisco. Not only does the Rickhouse offer a full selection of some of the best spirits in the city, but the bar specializes in an array of innovative whiskey cocktails. Try the "Ramblin' Man," with Noahs Mill 15 year, Cocchi di Torino, and becherovka. The "Admiral's Whiskey Punch" features rye whiskey, Jamaican rum, lemon, and sparkling water. A "Punch Drunk Buck" includes Irish whiskey, Swedish punch, and ginger beer. It's the perfect place for those that want a little bit of fun and creativity with their whiskey selections!
100 Hopper St.
Located south of Oracle Park and east of Mission Bay, Seven Stills is America's first brewery and distillery. It was founded on the unique idea of making whiskeys from different styles of craft beer. On their menu, you'll find recipes that are their own, known as core whiskeys, and recipes from their favorite breweries, known as collaboration whiskeys. You can try many of them in their house or hoppy whiskey flights that come in five half-ounce pours. If you like what you taste, join them for a behind-the-scenes tour of the production facility, where you’ll receive a first-hand look into the beer and spirits-making process. The tour includes a guided tasting where experts will teach you how to properly smell, sip, and describe different whiskeys.